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Limpopo - Police in Tubatse outside Burgersfort have launched a massive manhunt for an unknown assailant following the fatal shooting of a ward councillor and attempted murder of his wife on Monday night at about 7.30pm.

The police are offering a reward of up to R50 000 for any valuable information that can lead to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for killing Thabang Maupa, a ward councillor at Ribacross.

Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said: "The killing took place at the couple's liquor restaurant at Ribacross next to the R37 Road. The deceased aged 42, allegedly arrived at this place to assist his wife to close up. After closing, the couple was still in the car when an unknown suspect on foot, suddenly started firing shots at their vehicle.

"During this fatal attack, the deceased was hit several times and died on the scene. His wife aged 40, sustained injuries after she was also hit by stray bullets."

The motive for this killing is unknown at this stage but police have opened cases of murder and attempted murder and investigations are underway.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) is requested to contact Colonel Makhathini Ngele at 082 573 3645, the police toll-free number 0860010111, the SMS Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.

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